Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Tuesday, April 9 • 8:45am - 9:30am
Roundtable Discussion 1: Promoting Well-being through Experiential Service Learning

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45 minute session

Children and youth are experiencing more issues related to mental health than ever before and the demand for child and youth mental health support can exceed the ability of current clinical, community-based, and school response systems.

We have an opportunity and a duty to transform the conversation around well-being and understand further how service learning is being infused into well-being in CAIS school communities.

WE Schools is an innovative experiential service learning program that engages educators and group leaders to empower children and youth with skills, knowledge and motivation to bring positive change in the world. WE School's overall learning outcomes include increasing academic engagement, instilling active citizenship, improving post-secondary readiness.

WE Well-being is a proactive program built on research-based prevention and promotion strategies, designed to build a foundation of awareness, understanding and taking action.

Developed in collaboration with leading social and emotional learning and mental health professionals, the goal of the program is to achieve the following outcomes:
  1. Promoting positive inclusive, safe and caring environments and relationships.
  2.  Celebrating diversity, fostering resiliency and reducing stigma.
  3. Increasing social, emotional, physical and mental well-being. 
The WE Well-being program serves children and youth from grades K-12, with educational modules designed to bring well-being through service-learning into the classroom, increase mental health literacy and improve school's capacity to support students in developing their personal well-being and the well-being of others and their communities.

During the roundtable discussion, participants will explore and discuss:
  1. The important relationship between social emotional learning and experiential service learning and the correlation to societal and individual well-being.
  2. Key resources from WE Well-being Module One (Promoting Well-being in Schools, Families and Communities) lessons based on five positive human qualities: empathy, compassion, gratitude, altruism and resilience. 
  3. How service learning can be infused into into a schools' approach to well-being. 
  4. How the WE Well-being program was designed, usage of research, partnerships with academic leaders in social emotional learning and well-being literacy.
  5. Key learnings of 2018-19 Canadian wide pilot, professional learning, student programming and future partnering with the program.

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Sean Mitchell

Director, Global Program Innovation & Development, WE Schools
With over twenty years of leadership experience in Independent schools, Sean has focused his career on helping young people reach their potential by building and supporting dynamic experiential programs. Sean joined the WE Schools team in August 2017, after serving seventeen years... Read More →
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Jeff Hainbuch

Head, Educational Partnerships, WE Schools
Recently retired as a Superintendent of Education with the Toronto District School Board, Jeff is an experienced educator with over 25 years in public education with extensive experience leading family of schools; curriculum development; special education; leadership and staff development... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am EDT
Plaza Ballroom AB

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